“I feel helpless, I feel that there is nothing I can do to help”, I said to my supervisor. I was debriefing with my supervisor, and she looked at me and smiled.
(Prior to meeting with supervisor) As I stood there, I just gazed at the sufferring patient as she narrated her story with so much pain, frustration and sadness. I wanted to do something for the patient. I wanted to be able help her come out of her pain. Rather I just stood there, listened intently and watched the patient while I felt crippled with feeling of helplessness an intense sadness.
Today’s devotion focuses on helplessness and to guide our hearts and minds to always, I mean always look to God as our help. I emphasize always because, there are times when we can decide to seek help from elsewhere and not God but we realize help from God would have made things much easier and less complicated.
This week, I have been listening to this song and it has been extremely nourishing to my soul. Psalm 121 has become my constant reminder to recognize God for who God presents Himself to be in my life. Jesus Christ says I will the Helper, the Holy Spirit. God the Holy Spirit freely gives Himself to us as our Helper but how often we reject Him or even neglect Him. The state of helplessness I felt was a wake-up call to acknowledge and trust only in God as my Helper.
Beloved in Christ, I invite you to journey with me as I reflect through these verses in Psalm 121 and it is prayer that we will always look to God as our Helper.
1I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
This verse reminds me of the many times I have felt helpless even in the midst of people or resources that is deemed to have some power to help me. But here, I look all around and I still feel helpless. Where could help possibily come from? This helpless state could be severe illness, suffering with addictions, financial difficulties, relationship problems, family problems, mental problems and the list goes on… The state of helplessness feels like one is stuck and all hope is gone
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
The moment of realization when the Holy Spirit reminds you of the Word of God. David is suddenly awake and exclaims, “My help comes from the Lord!” Beloved we are not stuck, there is always hope, we can overcome, help is available in God. God always sends help when we seek Him. The God whose power created the universe is able to help us in the state of our helplessness
3 He will not allow your foot to [a]be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
God who keeps watch over us always. He will keep us rooted in Him and let us not be moved as long we hold on our faith in Him as our helper. God will not fail us.
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
God will not allow you to be snatched from Him when you have entrusted yourself to God. God will watch over you, nothing will get by. Nothing that will happen in your life will be a surprise to God for He is always awake. He is our faithful Shepherd and will work all things out for the good.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall [c]preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
God will protect you from all harm. Deliver you from evil works that seek to destroy you and help you be strong and victorious in your walk with Him.
8 The Lord shall preserve[d] your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.
Beloved in Christ, just reflect within this time. What is going on in your life that makes you feel helpless, hopeless and in deep pain? Read Psalm 121 and Psalm 23 quietly pray to God and allow God’s words of assurance to speak to you. God is your helper, your Shepherd, your God who loves you dearly. Let’s us surrender ourselves to Him and trust Him to be who He is to us. God will help you through others, miraculous ways, and even unexpected challenges that are blessings in disguise. Be discerning and be led by the Spirit and you will not miss the help that God always provides.
Always remember that Jesus Christ dearly loves you 🙂